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Bonus Photos: Santa at Shikellamy

Yesterday I got to meet Santa!

Seriously, he was on break from the North Pole and came to Shikellamy High School to donate some toys to their Toys for Tots program.

He came in on a ladder truck and really stepped it up. It was pretty special.

Here’s some photos of that special event, including a group shot which I think was pretty cool:

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Danville Band preview

Last  week I got to visit a local band camp and talk about preparations for the coming football season.

Then on Thursday, I got to see one in action – marching their way across the field in a preview show for parents and community members.

My sister is a saxophone player in the Danville High School band, so of course we were all there!

The show is Disney-themed and they did a good job with it. I’m pretty partial to Disney, so that may be a bit biased, though.

Anyway, Football season starts in less than two weeks – so get your stadium seat cushions ready!

Here’s some shots from the band preview – and here’s  Vine of one of the songs – which was a medley of Disney ballads, including “Beauty and the Beast.”20130819-085515.jpg

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Allison’s there on the far right, in the purple shirt. I can’t believe she’s already a senior in high school!!

Running for Wounded Warriors

In these last days of summer, I seem to be continually amazed by how young people are  giving back to their communities.

Earlier, I told you about the Union County libraries event, and yesterday I got to talk to Devon Blair, who ran nearly 24 miles for the Wounded Warrior Project – even though he doesn’t really like running.

He’s 17 and from Selisngrove and completed the first run last year as part of his graduation project requirements.

Devon said that he realizes how special and important the Wounded Warrior Project is and he simply wanted to give back. And, he said., if running 24 miles is the best way to do that and draw attention to the cause, he will continue to do that.

Devon was also joined by about 5 friends and family members, including his father. All of them should be commended for their efforts to run and raise money for a good cause.

Here’s the group celebrating at the end of the run, which finished up at Knoebels in Elysburg:

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Blair and his friend, Logan Boyer

Prom Perfect: Some personal favorites

The Daily Item’s annual Prom Perfect competition is coming to an end soon as the Valley’s prom season wraps up.

We’ve gotten almost 300 entries, something that is amazing and is able to showcase a wide variety of photos.

Naturally, as a lover of all things sparkly and ostentatious, I’ve enjoyed seeing the pictures and have selected a few of my favorites.

To see all of the photos, go to our Facebook page.

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Heading to Prom 2013

This weekend a ton of Valley schools headed out to the biggest dance of the year – the prom.

My younger sister attended the Danville High School prom, and I was front and center to check out all the beautiful dresses and matching ties.

Sparkles were big – and that was just fine with me, as a lover of all things big and glittery.

But honestly, I was glad to leave after the promenade. High school was a long time ago, but I remember the awkwardness and would rather stay where I am, diploma in hand.

Here’s some photos of prom attendees – all of whom I’m biased toward, but think were some of the best dressed out there:

[Note: It's fairly easy to discern my sister, she's the one who looks just like me]

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Art at Midd-West

Yesterday, I visited Midd-West High School to talk about raising money to bring in an artist in residence.

Budget cuts have cut funding for the program.

They’ve had an artist-in-residence come to the school during the past two years, and created some cool projects – like these low-relief sculptures which hang in the school’s lobby:

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They’re made from several different materials, including old books. Very neat.

On the way back from the interview, we were thinking about other art projects that could be in schools that wouldn’t cost too much. Statutes are expensive, but maybe one that the students create using recycled materials?

What do you think? How would you decorate a school?